In a recent announcement, California-based Trulia, a home listing portal, named Issi Romem its new Chief Economist. “Finding a new home and neighborhood is no easy task especially as the real estate market continues to shift over time. With our housing research, Trulia has always strived to help people understand what trends and policy changes they need to consider during their home search,” the release reads.
At Trulia, Romem will spearhead economic research and use Trulia's neighborhood-level data to provide timely industry insights on both national and local housing market trends, demographic shifts and economic policies that matter most to buyers and renters.
“In the coming weeks, you can expect to see more research and data analysis from Issi and the team, and we look forward to sharing his insights on the housing market,” Trulia said. The company also stated that they are extremely excited to announce the appointment of Romem.
Romem is currently a fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also taught as an adjunct professor of economics. Before Trulia, he served as the Chief Economist at BuildZoom for more than four years, leading research around metropolitan growth patterns, housing and construction trends. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg News, among others.
He earned his Master of Arts in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating Magna Cum Laude, as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.